Less than a week after cashing in on a $75,000 victory north of the border at Jukasa Motor Speedway, Bubba Pollard is back in the United States and ready to compete in yet another marquee Late Model event, the Speed51 Super Select.
The inaugural Super Late Model All-Star race will comprise some of the biggest names in the short track sphere at the legendary Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, IN. Pollard will be one of the few drivers representing Georgia in his No. 26 machine.
“It’s going to be fun,” Pollard said in an interview during Speed51’s The Morning Bullring. “I think there’s going to be good cars, I heard some good guys are coming. It’s a lot of racing for us, we’ve been struggling.”
Aside from the Canadian Short Track Nationals, Pollard has raced in a myriad of notable short track events this year including the Oxford 250 (ME), World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing (FL) and the Slinger Nationals (WI), just to name a few.
The Super Select would be another notch on the belt of a driver known for his ability to enter races as a first timer and leave a winner.
“It’s going to be a heck of a show,” Pollard said. “You don’t see this group, this caliber of drivers together all the time like you’re going to see this weekend. So I think that’s what’s going to be cool about the race. I don’t believe you’re going to see any riding around. These guys are going to get after it and get it done. They’re racing for one thing.”
While the winner-take-all prize of $10,000 is the main reason invitees are heading to Indiana this Saturday, an opportunity to beat Pollard— one of the most accomplished asphalt veterans— is a close second. And the fact that NASCAR is in town, just might be a third.
Mirroring the Super Select, the stars of NASCAR will be competing this weekend at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway just seven miles away from Lucas Oil Raceway. Drivers and spectators alike will have the chance to enjoy both sides of the fence in one convenient trip to Indy.
For Pollard though, the grass on the grassroots side of the sport is green enough.
“I think short track racing is a lot better than NASCAR racing,” Pollard teased. “No, it’ll be fun. Hopefully some of those guys get to come over and they can support short track and the grassroots of racing. Get some fans to the race track, that’s what we need.”
Fans heading to Lucas Oil Raceway on September 7 can get all they need to know about the Speed51 Super Select by visiting the Super Select Central page here on Speed51.com. There you can get the latest in updated entries, the event schedule, race procedures, the latest news, video, photos and more. Click here to visit.
While there is no substitute for enjoying Indy at its finest, short track fans from all across the globe can watch the Speed51 Super Select live on the Speed51 Network by becoming a monthly or yearly subscriber. To begin enjoying the benefits of a premium membership today, click here.
-Story by: Melissa Strahley, Gulf Coast Editor
-Photo credit: Speed51.com